Hello, this is Lissa here again to do another photography tutorial for you!
Well to start off, I don’t know how to say this gracefully to the average crowd, so I will just say it! Most ametuer photographers take ordinary photos without taking risks. This mostly comes from the film days were you couldn’t preview what you took instantly. Or you could not take as many photos as you want without worrying about running out of film before the first 24 shot were taken but alot of times, habits tend to stick and we do not realize we have nothing to loose digital, we can just shoot. But we have to move, and plan the shot.
So, my suggestion is to expand your vision.
Think outside of the box. Look at fashion magazines and pay attention to the angles they shoot and the levels they are at when taking the shot. Even parenting magazines. Toddlers are just little ones, isn’t it more pleasing to see them at their level? The rule of thumb for portraits is at eye level, but rules are also made to be broken! You can take a portrait from high and above, which can show youth, how high you go for the age of the person can be more appropriate than others, but you would learn as you go that in older people it can make them younger and eliminate much of their wrinkles and the gowls if they have any. A very young person can make them look full of youth filled with energy going even higher. Or even when taking a group shot, of a very large group you may want to get very high ( I have seen photographers up on top of the roof before to get the shot). Getting great images takes work and you cannot get the most beautiful landscape in the world by sitting on the side of the freeway.
Every 3 day weekend we go to a town called Packwood it’s a little town by Mt Rainier Washington, with a million people that come from all over for this junk antiquish type of yard sale/swap-meet what ever you want to call it. We have camping property up there so we go every time we get a chance to spend with my husband’s father who also lives on the property.
When you are out and about, as a scrapbooker, do you take pictures of things you see and think are cool? You know those things that you tap your partner and say hey, look at this? Or those things that remind you of others? Those are things I don’t want to forget along with my family memories, so they can clearly remember them too. I may incorporate those shots into my pages because I don’t want to forget the funny sign or those antique dolls or the cutest puppies in the world for sale.
We are also digital scrappers some more experienced then others but I would like to to share the ideas that I came up with this weekend. I took a close up of a rusty old tank for texture, imported it into Photoshop and was able to make a grunge frame with it. How cool is that? I took a shot of some hardback books at an angle and will use them for a background for a school layout. This phone just amazed me to see since I used them as a kid, then later to find out they are really worth something! My husband’s cousin bought one!
So there you have it for some new ideas I hope. You can incorporate them into your layouts or you can just keep them for memories at least you have them. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and don’t forget to come back for the Photoshop tutorial on how to make the grunge frame with your own work. Create your own textures and follow along! See you soon!